DA's office seeks audio from hearing in Christian-Newsom case

DA's office seeks audio from recusal hearing in Christian-Newsom case

Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County District Attorney General's Office is asking for audio recordings and a transcript of last week's volatile hearing in the Christian-Newsom murders case.

Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and DA Randy Nichols wound up in a yelling match during the hearing when the judge refused to recuse himself from the case.

The DA's office says it wants to attach the recordings to its next motion for the judge to recuse himself.

The motions argue that Judge Blackwood couldn't rule impartially because of his emotional connections to the trial.

The Tennessee Supreme Court vacated Judge Blackwood's December orders for new trials in the case. The justices ordered him to reconsider his rulings granting retrials to three of the four Christian-Newsom defendants: LeMaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas.

Blackwood again ruled for new trials earlier in June.

Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Chris Newsom, were carjacked, raped and killed in January 2007.

The case has been tied-up in controversy since former-Judge Richard Baumgartner admitted his addiction to prescription painkillers and pleaded guilty to official misconduct in March 2011.

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